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Running in the Red?

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  A vehicle can overheat for many reasons, but one thing is for sure; if you drive vehicle when it is above normal operating temperature, it can turn a small problem into a catastrophic issue. Even driving for as little as one minute with the temperature gauge on the red line can cause engine damage. Some signs of overheating include the temperature gauge being higher than usual and smoke, coolant or steam coming out from under the hood. If your vehicle is overheating, we recommend pulling...
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Is Excess Carbon Buildup Harming Your Engine?

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  Many car manufacturers are now using Gas Direct Injection engines or GDI in most of their vehicles. The benefits of Direct Injection engines are increased fuel efficiency without compromising performance and cleaner tailpipe emissions. These engines spray fuel directly into the combustion chamber instead of over the intake valves and mixing with air. Over time, carbon can build up rapidly on the intake valves since gasoline no longer washes them off. This carbon can cause issues over time...
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  When purchasing a new vehicle, sometimes a dealership may imply that the vehicle needs to be serviced at their location to keep the Manufacturer’s Warranty in effect. Under Federal law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, title 15, chapter 50, section 2301-2312, it prohibits a new car dealer to deny warranty service or imply that warranty service will be voided if routine service or repairs are not performed at the dealership. Your owner’s manual also says this. If you choose to t...
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Do You Need an Alignment?

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  What is an Alignment? An Alignment is an adjustment of a vehicles suspension parts. This is the system that connects the wheels to the vehicle. The angles of the tires are adjusted so they make proper contact with the road. Signs you Need and Alignment: Your vehicle pulls one way or another You have abnormal tire wear The Steering wheel is off center Typically, your alignment should be checked about once a year. Every vehicle manufacturer has recommendations on how often an alig...
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What Is a Cabin Air Filter?

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  Most vehicles since about the year 2000 are equipped with a Cabin Air Filter. Its purpose is to keep dust, mold spores, and pollen from getting in to the passenger compartment. It can also catch leaves and other debris. If you have allergy problems, it would be beneficial to replace it. Some signs that the filter is dirty are bad odors or reduced airflow when the fan is on. When the filter is dirty, it can cause the ventilation system to work harder due to the restricted air flow. Cabin ...
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Checking Your Tires

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  Did you know that tires with incorrect air pressure can cause premature wear and decreased gas mileage? This will ultimately cost you money and put you in danger. New tires can save you money at the gas pump. A set of worn tires will cause a vehicle to burn approximately 4% more fuel than a new set of tires. This means a vehicle that averages 20 miles per gallon and drives 12,000 miles a year will save approximately $60 a year. Also, when a tire is new it only takes 195 feet to come to a...
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Is It Bad to Drive with Low Gas?

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Low Gas in Newfield, NJ

Do you let your Car run low on Gas?

I was having a conversation with Anne about “Car Tips” and she reminisced about the one thing her father told her when she purchased her first car was to “never let your car run low on fuel and never, ever let it run out of gas.” This was good advice as Gasoline acts as a cooling mechanism f...

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Watch for These 4 Signs of a Worn Suspension

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Suspension Service in Newfield, NJ

Your Vehicle’s Suspension -- More than Ride Comfort

Worn suspension components reduce vehicle stability and the driver control. One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of a vehicle is it suspension. As your vehicle ages all of its moving parts gradually wear. These changes can be hard to notice for someon...

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3 Ways to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

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Road Trip Car Prep in Newfield, NJ

Heading Out for a Road Trip Soon?

Here’s a few things you should check to make sure the only problem you’ll have is what music to listen to!

Check the Tires and Spare

Proper air pressure will ensure you get the best gas mileage possible and prevent any. . .

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Why Are Oil Changes So Important?

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Oil Change in Newfield, NJ

Regular oil changes are necessary to ensure the proper performance of a car’s engine. An oil change, which involves installing a new engine oil filter and draining old engine oil and replacing it with fresh, clean oil, offers many benefits. . .

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